Stirring for outdoor winter tennis? From tennis mitts to shock-shielding grips, these five products aim to provide warmth and comfort to tennis diehards braving gelid conditions.
MEN'S/WOMEN'S UNDER ARMOUR COLDGEAR LONGSLEEVE COMPRESSION MOCK
Under Armour’s Longsleeve Compression Mock is designed to keep your chest warm on chilly days. According to the company, the mock’s snug-fitting, dual-layer brush fabric provides superior insulation and moisture wicking, as well as increased muscle support and circulation. What’s more, the top includes anti-odor treatments to stem offensive B.O. Coldgear is available in both men’s and women’s sizing.
TOURNA HOT GLOVE MITT
Tennis players are wary of gloves, and there’s a simple reason why: It’s hard to play well without feeling the grip’s edges against your hand. Tourna’s solution is the Hot Glove Mitt. Made from 100 percent breathable fleece, the Mitt fits over both hand and grip, warming the dukes of single-handed players without robbing them of precious tactile sensation.
GRABBER TOE WARMERS
MSRP: $12.99/8 pairs
Grabber Toe Warmers are a toasty solution for cold digits. Cut with an adhesive backing to fit comfortably and securely over the ends of your socks, Grabber says that its toe warmers, once activated, provide more than six hours of heat. The disposable, chemically-induced warmers are also available in larger sizes fitted to the hands and feet.
It’s physics: As temperatures approach freezing, tennis balls lose their pliancy and bounce—a recipe for rock-like feel on contact. One way to soften the blow is to string with a high-quality natural gut, like Pacific’s PrimeGut. Rated as one of the most comfortable strings by the United States Racquet Stringers Association, PrimeGut is made from the serosa membranes of bulls, whose manufacture, according to Pacific, produces a fiber with unparalleled elasticity.
WILSON SHOCK SHIELD HYBRID GRIP
With winter tennis comes a surfeit of unwanted shock and vibration. Enter the Wilson Shock Shield Hybrid Grip. Combining a tacky polyurethane surface with the company’s patented Isozorb Gel backing, Wilson claims its Shock Shield grip helps to dampen negative racquet feedback, increasing comfort at the expense of uncomfortable, jarring sensations.